MERGE may fool you

John L. Luigi Giasi
Tue, 28 Jun 94 12:26:33 EDT

In the message from Steve Harrison........
>The instructions in the CT manual (V8, at least) on the use of MERGE are 
>very clear and unambigous; MERGE works as advertised. Your old first file was
>saved under FD94.OLD. Your second file was not touched and is still there undr
>the old name (FD94.ST2, in your case). The new file with the merged logs is 
>there under the original first file's name (FD94.BIN).

Though I do not mean to slam Steve, as I mentioned many times to Ken
via the CT BBS and in person, the MERGE documentation is NOT clear!

But like he said, if you   C:\> MERGE  FD94(.bin) FD94.ST2

       merge interprets that as MERGE  FD94(.bin) FD94(.BIN)

meaning that nothing in FD94.ST2 ends up in the new file FD94.BIN

The point he was trying to make was not about what files are
preserved, but that command-line-arguments are only processed for
the filename... not the extension. MERGE assumes .bin! (or did)

>I have no idea about version 9 programs since I haven't bought V9 yet. 
>73, Steve KO0U/4 <>

The DOCS speak nothing of station configuration information... only of
QSOs. And I believe there was at one time an issue versus which
station config ended up in the .bin

If I could have a wish list implementation for CT, I would have the
.bin only contain qso information and that station1, station2, com
port and onther config information stored in a seperate file...

that way when you do a merge on the fly during a multiop, you
wouldn't have to reconfig the second station all the time....
(or do two merges  one   merge  sta1.bin sta2.bin   and vice-versa..)

(You would also eliminate the need for a log clearing program..)

73 de Luigi
John L. Luigi Giasi, AA1AA
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